Former GIMPA Rector and Board Chair of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Prof. Stephen Adei has objected to the directive by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the Auditor-General, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo to proceed on leave.
The Professor, who himself is an anti-corruption crusader, believes the move undermines the fight against corruption.
The office of the President in June issued an instruction to Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo to take his 123 accumulated leave spanning from 2017 to 2019 but later included 2020, extending the days to 167.
The President has since come under an avalanche of criticisms, with some accusing him being opposed to the fight against corruption.
Speaking in an interview with Joy FM Monday, Prof. Adei stated that “my friend leaving office is not something that I travel with” adding “I think there is no doubt that he was making an important contribution.”
He expressed worry about the impact the departure of the Daniel Domelevo will have on the institution which, in his view, has not been properly built over the years.
“He has made his contribution and I think that building on it would have been the best for us and it will depend upon what happens with his leaving. But there is no doubt at all that he will be missed in the fight against corruption,” he said.
“At least in the public arena, the impression is that he was making efforts against the anti-corruption crusade like my friend, Amidu. So I think that at least impressionistically it is not good for that fight,” the Professor added.
“Six months will not be the deciding factor of success or failure of anti-corruption crusade but rather the impression that can be created, to me, is what is quite important. And for me if it hadn’t happened, that would have been my preference [but] once it has happened, let us manage and see how best we can sustain this anti-corruption run because it is one area me and him share passion,” the GRA Board Chair intimated.
Even though many have mounted opposition to his “forced leave”, Professor Adei believes that top government officials, both past and present, who were potential subjects of Mr Domelevo’s investigations will have a field day.
“But I’m sure some people, not only in the NPP but NDC will be laughing because I hear that some of the ministers who “chopped” double salaries have still not been brought to book.
“I think that Daniel’s leaving of office temporarily will be probably welcomed by both sides; I haven’t followed the political commentators from both NDC and NPP but both sides, some of them will be rejoicing,” he averred.